New Delhi: Bihar Janata Dal (United) MLC Gulam Rasool Balyawi has stirred a controversy by saying ‘we will turn every city into Karbala (‘har shehar ko karbala bana denge)’ and that he is ready to sacrifice everything for the sake of humanity and brotherhood. Defending his controversial statement, the JDU leader said people from the Muslim community are being kept behind bars after being labeled as terrorists and called for a “Muslim safety act” to be brought for the community’s safety.
“I admit that I said we will turn (cities) into Karbala and I stand by it. Karbala is to give away everything, sacrifice everything, but not let humanity and brotherhood be sacrificed,” Gulam Rasool Balyawi was quoted as saying by ANI.
Bihar | I admit that I said we will turn (cities) into Karbala & I stand by it. Karbala is to give away everything, sacrifice everything, but not let humanity & brotherhood be sacrificed: JDU leader Gulam Rasool Balyawi on his ‘har shehar ko Karbala bana denge’ statement pic.twitter.com/PbqNpEpTra— ANI (@ANI) January 20, 2023
“At this time, in the country, our children are being picked up and kept behind bars for 18-20 years after being labeled as terrorists. If our children go out to protest, they are shot at. Muslim safety act should be brought for protection of Muslims’ rights,” the JD(U) leader added.
At this time, in the country, our children are being picked up&kept behind bars for 18-20 yrs* after being labeled as terrorists. If our children go out to protest, they are shot at. Muslim safety act should be brought for protection of Muslims’ rights: JDU’s Gulam Rasool Balyawi pic.twitter.com/qErxbOSmf3— ANI (@ANI) January 20, 2023
JDU MLC Gulam Rasool Balyawi delivered the controversial remarks on Thursday in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. Taking a dig at expelled BJP leader Nupur Sharma, he said, “If you put your hand on the honor of my aaka (master), we have gathered at Karbala Maidan and for his respect, we will turn the cities into Karbala.”
He further alleged that no party calling itself secular demanded Nupur Sharma’s arrest. At the rally, he called for a Muslim safety act along the lines of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
“Safety Act should be made for the safety of Muslims like Dalits. We should have participation in power. Our children should get employment. Dowry should end,” he said.